ANW’s 25th Anniversary Season
Beyond Our Wildest Dreams


Tom Stoppard's


September 4 - Nov 20, 2016

"I have never left a play more convinced that I had just witnessed a masterpiece"

— The Daily Telegraph

Romantic, funny, and profoundly moving, Tom Stoppard’s meticulously crafted masterwork invites you to unravel the big and small mysteries of the universe at bucolic Sidley Park. There, the intricate interplay of past and present is equally driven by fierce intellectual curiosity and the fickle passions of the human heart.

Jean Genet’s

The Maids

Translated by Bernard Frechtman

September 18 - November 12, 2016

"A fantasy—about pain, about playacting, mixed in with a deep understanding of how power works on the powerless."

— The New Yorker

Filled with self-loathing and driven by desperation, the titular characters in Jean Genet’s groundbreaking play create elaborate and highly eroticized fantasy worlds in response to a lifetime of abuse. Their increasingly ruinous role-play is a trenchant statement about the accident of birth, the searing brutality of class distinctions, and the liberation that stems from destruction.


The Imaginary Invalid

Adapted by Constance Congdon

Based on a new translation by Dan Smith

October 9 - November 19, 2016

"Lively fun!"

— Variety

As his medical debts mount, Argan, a man whose mental neuroses grossly outweigh his physical maladies, concocts a scheme to marry his daughter off to a family of physicians. High comedy ensues–replete with thwarted love, false identities, dexterous wordplay, musical interludes, and a healthy dose of derision towards the medical profession. This is Molière at the top of his form: a sparkling, effervescent, incisive romp that will leave you in stitches.

The Holiday Tradition Continues

A Christmas Carol

By Charles Dickens

Adapted for the stage by Geoff Elliott

December 2 - 23, 2016

"Fantastical stagecraft […] GO!"

— LA Weekly

Bursting with family-friendly holiday merriment, ANW’s beloved tradition returns for another round of boundless good cheer. Celebrate the season with Dickens’ timeless tale of forgiveness, change, and the life-changing power of kindness to our fellow man.

William Shakespeare’s

King Lear

February 12 - May 6, 2017

"Who is it who can tell me who I am?"

— King Lear

The gut-wrenching devastation of Lear encompasses more than one man’s trajectory of power and hubris; it is an affecting, unflinching chronicle of a family as it disintegrates around the mental illness of its patriarch. To add a deeply personal dimension to Shakespeare’s themes of madness, frailty, and love, our production is set in a memory-care facility, and invite you to experience, in the midst of tragedy, the healing and transcendent nature of great art.

Eugene O’Neill’s

Ah, Wilderness!

March 5 - May 20, 2017

"A breath of fresh air... a miracle of sense and sensibility... vividly alive."

— The New York Post

A rare departure from the playwright’s darker oeuvre, this comedy is unabashedly nestled in the halcyon days of turn-of-the-century Americana; a gentle, loving, and boldly optimistic study of a deeply bonded family as they navigate the youthful indiscretions of their wayward son.

Man of La Mancha

Written by Dale Wasserman

Music by Mitch Leigh • Lyrics by Joe Darion

March 26 - May 21, 2017

"Too much sanity may be madness — and maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be!"

— Man of La Mancha

Set in a prison, the story-within-a-story of Don Quixote’s musical misadventures – rife with love, chivalry, and of course, four-armed giants – unfurls into something more transcendent: a beacon of hope in a dire world. Dream the impossible dream with the wandering hidalgo in this quintessential tale about the resilience of the human spirit, and the power of storytelling when faced with insurmountable odds.